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Monthly Archives: March 2016


We have a cancellation, so one seat remains in the March course. This is a really intense 6 days course for beginners, those who want to prepare themselves to the shoemaker exam in June or just want to look into the shoemaking business.


To be clear: this are only the basics of the foot measurements. To learn it properly needs a good teacher and quite a lot of practice.The infamous “trial and error” is a very bad idea in this case..
Step 1: we create an outline. Hold the pencil perpendicular to the ground.

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Step 2:

Hold the pencil 45 degrees to the ground and draw another line. There are devices for this, but a couple of percent off will not change the result significantly.

step 3:

measure the girths at least: ball, instep and the waist. You can add the short heel measurement and the toes.

These should be enough to check the last – although not good for feet with deformities and special cases.

Good luck!


April 1-2-3 Footwear pattern-making course – based on your votes and demand.

The course will be an intense hands-on type, where the students will create the most basic patterns, then at least 1-2 of their own designs. These are the models we learn:

  • ballet flat
  • pump
  • court shoe
  • derby
  • wholecut
  • high heel sandal
  • own patterns

The course will be held in our brand new store-workshop location: 125 West Duffy Street, Savannah, Georgia

max. number of students: 4 (means if you want to come, register ASAP)

The course costs: 990 USD

All materials will be supported, including tools, tapes, patterns papers, rulers, etc. The students will receive a detailed tutorial for each patterns with illustrations.

please send your inquiry: info@shoemakingcourse.com